Maisel's Weisse Kristall - Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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2.9/5 rDev -19.9%
Pale sunshine gold, shining, all clear. 1cm white head. Big banana bouquet, bready crisp wheat. Obvious banana taste, sweet/tart combo works rather well. Not much to seek further into. Lively carbonation, thin body. This is so simple it's not very funny, I wouldn't think there's a market for this, but it's worth trying one.
09-28-2004 15:42:28 | More by Rastacouere
3.28/5 rDev -9.4%
Interesting brew but not exciting. Poured a very clear medium/light golden colour with a frothy crown. Carbonation was light, the bubbles large. The body was medium.
Aroma had a vanilla hint to it.
The taste was lightly spiced and fruity, lemons at the forefront.
I find it best to consume this particular product well chilled as it seems to add more bite.
10-15-2003 00:47:21 | More by Shiloh
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.
A - Pale yellow and clear, much like a pilsner. Huge, creamy, nearly 4 finger head with decent retention. Settled into thick film, some lacing.
S - Almost like a hefe, but toned down. Faint banana and even fainter clove aromas are there, with something I didn't expect; a light presence of spicy hops.
T - Here's where the disappointment starts. By default this is going to be an inferior hefe, but I still don't think it's anything great. I thought the wheat malt would shine through a lot more, but then again Maisel's hefe didn't have much wheat character anyway. It's a faint malt flavor all around, with a mere suggestion of the banana. The hops are most of what I'm tasting, giving it a flavor like Pilsner Urquell. The flavor isn't bad but there isn't much there.
M - Fairly carbonated, and a little oily. The thickness coupled with the almost watery flavor detracts.
D - I could drink a few of these for sure, but it isn't very interesting. If I was itching for a flavor like this, I'd probably reach for a Czech or German pils anyway.
05-20-2008 02:01:59 | More by PatrickJR
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
Very light and clear straw color with a white, rocky, creamy, thick head. Aromas of baked apples with cinamon and brown sugar followed by bubblegum. Flavor is a slightly subdued version of the aroma, except the addition of a mildly tart wheat bite. The mouthfeel is lighter than a regular hefeweizen due to the filtration, yet this one seems to have more flavor and elegance than other Kristalweizens. Finishes with some firm pilsener malt and a touch of apples. This bottle is only the second Maisel's Kristall I've had, fifteen years after the first one in Germany. I just picked it up tonight at a Harris Teeter, because I haven't seen it in so long, and I immediately thought of the fun night so long ago when I had my first one. Fresh too.
02-11-2008 05:07:25 | More by dedrinker
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
Pale yellow, clear and very clean look with medium white head. Rather large bubbles, head is short lived. Slight scent of vanilla and wheat malt. Very light tasting with little mouthfeel. Tones of wheat malt and clove but you are left wanting a more profound impact. Overall it is quite drinkable and would be good if eating alot of food.
04-18-2002 18:15:40 | More by frank4sail
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
Fine foamy head on a light golden and transparent body. The beers highly carbonated. Very good smell, wheat, banana, citrus and sweetness. Some aromas also remind me of a Belgian triple. Theres something very surprising in the taste: first, you get everything you could expect from the smell, a refreshing wheat aspect , a nice banana flavor, sweet hints of citrus, yeast. And then, suddenly, it all disappears. Nothing remains. And then you get a very very thin hoppy aftertaste, but its quickly gone too. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
04-21-2004 21:29:32 | More by tjd25
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
This is a gorgeous light gold in colour which I managed to pour with ahuge foamy head atop a vigorous effervescence.
Smelling of wheat and mild cloves as expected it is not overpowering .
Strangely the cloves dont come through on the palatebecause there is a real berry flavour there I am thinking raspberry to strawberry flavours.It is reasonably sweet.
The sweetness is apparent in the mouth as it is soft and smooth but manages an adequate amount of sharpness.
This sweetness drifts towards what I tatse as European Pale Lager maltiness which is this beers only possible downside.
It is a fruity Weiss that speaks to me of summer time refreshment and a beer that I would drink again
08-24-2006 22:29:42 | More by jarmby1711
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
Appearance: Poured into a half-liter weizen glass. The color is clear, light gold. Three fingers of fluffy, thick head dissipated slowly to leave a billow lacing; eventually it settled to a thin lacing and ring around the edge.
Smell: No surprises and very straightforward. Sweet apple, banana, a little strawberry, grassy hops, yeast, and a little clove spice.
Taste: The mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, though it has a bready body to it. The yeast and brad are noticeable up front and are followed by apple, banana, and clove spice. The fruit flavors really shine after the beer has warmed.
Drinkability: High drinkability, but it lacks complexity and boldness. It is still a good brew.
10-18-2011 04:18:18 | More by TheQuietMan22
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
This pours a bright straw colour with a generous head with some good retention.
The aromas are dominated by cloves with a touch of banana hiding in there as well.
A mouthful of all the flavours I love in a good wheat beer - cloves and bananas.
Lots of carbonation gives it a big mouthfeel.
One of the best beers I've had for a while. Love it.
07-13-2009 09:00:49 | More by Macca
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
Clear golden color with a large head. Head retention is pretty good. Smells malty with banana notes. Hints of banana and cloves come out in the flavor. Plenty of bready malts too. There is a good amount of carbonation and a light-medium body. Everything I look for in a German wheat beer is there (minus the yeast). A very German and tasty wheat beer. I ussually go for the unfiltered-wheat beers, but I did enjoy this beer and it goes great with any heavy meal.
03-21-2005 06:09:18 | More by Luigi
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
500 ml bottle. Very pale golden colour, pours an enormous and vigorous head that will accompany you forever. Aroma of banana and cloves, as one can expect of the style, and the same goes for the taste, with some lemon flavor. Clean and smooth beer, refreshing, very drinkable, but I like more the non-filtered versions of this kind. Body is lighter than not filtered ones and it doesn't give you that feeling of full stomach that non filtered gives.
11-17-2007 20:30:42 | More by janubio
3.73/5 rDev +3%
Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours clear pale yellow with huge white soapy foam head of three or more fingers. Abundant carbonation helps with head retention, light lacing.
Aromas are relatively light but unmistakably classic wheat: banana & clove with some lemony citrus as well.
Flavors are delicate and smooth, along with a relatively smooth texture that makes this brew easy to drink. Certainly some lightly sweet wheaty maltiness, as well as some earthy yeasty flavors - all in balance and well maintained with some mild hopping. The finish is sweet at first and then lingers a touch dry with a hint of that telltale wheat chafe.
Nice and enjoyable, easy to drink, and just good. Recommended.
09-15-2009 22:19:26 | More by SIRIUS2
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
The beer pours a beautifully clear straw color, with a huge foamy head that slowly dissolves into some tight lacing.
The smell is dominated by cloves, the bananna doesn't seem to be present. There is a little cereal maltiness present as well, little to no alcohol present in nose.
The taste follows along the same lines. It is extremely well balanced, the bananna shows itself much more. The clove is still present.
The mouthfeel is excellent, crisp, refreshing...just the right amount of lingering sweetness.
I could drink this until the cows come home. Especially for the cheap cheap price. Very nice.
05-19-2009 19:13:53 | More by grayburn
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
Poured into a tall wheat beer glass.
A - Pale straw in colour. Very carbonated. Poured with a substantial head, which was retained well.
S - Clear hops smells, with a fruity almost lemon hint. Also, a very faint biscuit-like aroma.
T - Dry and crisp, with a sharp fruity taste on the back of the tongue.
D - Very refreshing to drink. Maybe slightly over carbonated, which possible takes away from the flavours.
07-19-2009 10:03:48 | More by PartyBear
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
This beer pours a golden yellow. A thick white head is present after the pour, too bad it doesnt last long. The aroma is a week weissen beer, hints of cloves and bananas, no yeast. The taste is good to say the least. It matches the aroma pretty well. For a Kristall Weisse it is not bad. Maybe a beer for those who do not like the full yeast flavor of the heffe weisse. I prefer the heffe weissen over a kristall any day of the week. Still a good beer for a nice summer evining. A above average beer.
05-18-2003 16:09:35 | More by Stubbie1
4.47/5 rDev +23.5%
Drank a bunch of these in half pint handles at the Germania Club in Newcastle. Poured crystal clear with a nice head laden with phenolics. Immediate and intense banana aroma that was like a banana malt milkshake. The taste had perfectly balanced banana/malt/clove that was consistent to the end. I can't say how it stacks up against Weihenstphan and others without side by side tasting but this Maisel gives seriously good competition. We had this with Schlattesplatte and mustard bread and there was much merriment. Brilliant!
04-28-2007 08:30:58 | More by rjimlad
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance: Brown Bottle silver cap. Pale golden in color, plenty of energetic bubbles forming a light yet full head.
Aroma: Sharp crystal fruityness, sweetness regins full and rich
Taste: Slight carmel flavor running into smooth yet rich sweetness
Mouthfeel: Very full and yet not withoout a sharpness to the sides
Overall: A dynamic beer who could use some improvements to taste. All in all I liked it however there are better examples of Kristall
01-30-2004 21:54:43 | More by JCBears
4/5 rDev +10.5%
had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.
A: Pours a clearm yelloish color with a decent head with minimal lacing. Moderate carbonation. One can read through the bier...reminds me of a good pilsner look.
S: crisp, mild hops, fresh scent that is pleasing and inviting.
T: Rather understated, but that fits with the style of bier. Mod crispness, a pleasing taste.
M: A little dry after taste, nothing harsh or over bearing.
D: Easy to drink, a good flavor that keeps you coming back.
Overall, a good bier but not a great one. It is easy to drink and is a wonderful session bier. I do recommend this bier, enjoy, Prosit.
02-10-2010 02:27:03 | More by nocheinsbitte
2.42/5 rDev -33.1%
This is the first Kristalweizen that I have ever really attempted to evaluate, so here it goes. It pours a clean, golden color that is very similar to a Helles with a head that is much smaller than the normal Weissbier. The smell is rather neutral and seems kind of like a light Weissbier. The taste I thought was rather skunked with some very faint traces of fruitiness. The overall mouthfeel though is pretty smooth, but this can't really compensate for the taste. Easy beer to drink, not so simple to enjoy.
06-05-2009 09:19:24 | More by germanbeer1
Maisel's Weisse Kristall from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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